Britain, EU at odds over timing of divorce talks LONDON (AP) - Britain and the EU haven't even begun divorce talks but they are already bickering, as political and economic shockwaves from the British vote spread around the world. Credit rating agency Moody's downgraded the U.K.'s economic outlook from stable to negative, saying Britain faces "a prolonged period of uncertainty ... with negative implications for the country's medium-term growth outlook." The victorious "leave" campaigners in Thursday's referendum have said there is no rush to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon treaty, which will begin a two-year exit process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and what will become a 27-nation bloc.
EU's founding members meet in Berlin over UK vote to leave BERLIN (AP) - The European Union must heed "the expectations of the people" on issues such as migration and unemployment as it responds to Britain's vote to leave the bloc, Germany's foreign minister said Saturday. Frank-Walter Steinmeier was meeting with top diplomats from the EU's five other founding nations in Berlin for hastily arranged talks following Britain's stunning vote Thursday to leave the union. The German foreign minister invited his counterparts from France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg to the government's Villa Borsig mansion on the outskirts of Berlin. As he was heading into the meeting, Steinmeier implied it is important for leaders to better connect with the EU's more than 500 million citizens and react to their worries.
British brace for economic repercussions of EU exit decision LONDON (AP) - The British were warned for weeks that a vote to leave the European Union would result in economic pain. Now they'll find out whether it will. U.K. financial leaders are scrambling to reassure households, businesses and investors that they can contain the doom and gloom they had predicted in case of a British exit, or Brexit. The pound plunged to its lowest level in over 30 years on Friday, raising concerns about price inflation, and shares in the U.K.'s biggest banks and real estate builders posted double-digit declines as economists predicted the country would fall into recession.
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The Latest: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says negotiations on British exit should begin "as soon as possible" but adds that "intensive European discussions" are needed. Speaking after a meeting in Berlin with foreign ministers of the other five founding members of the EU, Steinmeier there is a need to "show the people of Europe that Europe is important, and not only important but able to carry out its work." He also called for Britain to engage in talks sooner rather than later. He says: "We understand and respect the result and understand that Great Britain will now concentrate on Great Britain," but adds that Britain as a responsibility to work with the EU on exit terms.
In need of help, Trump finds few willing to work for him WASHINGTON (AP) - To compete against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has finally conceded, he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. Yet he's finding that many of the GOP's most experienced political aides just aren't willing to work for him. From Texas to New Hampshire, well-respected members of the Republican Party's professional class say they can't look past their deep personal and professional reservations about the presumptive presidential nominee. There are exceptions, but many operatives who best understand the mechanics of presidential politics fear that taking a Trump paycheck might stain their resumes, spook other clients and even cause problems at home.
China cuts contact with Taiwan liaison body over Tsai BEIJING (AP) - Beijing said Saturday it had cut off contact with the main Taiwan liaison body because of President Tsai Ing-wen's refusal to endorse the concept of a single Chinese nation, ratcheting up pressure on the new Taiwanese leader. In a statement posted on the website of the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office, spokesman An Fengshan said contacts between bodies responsible for ties had been suspended starting from Tsai's May 20 inauguration. "Because the Taiwan side has been unable to confirm the '92 consensus that embodies the common political foundation of the one-China principle, the mechanism for contact and communication between the two sides has already been suspended," the statement quoted An as saying.
Pope at Armenia genocide memorial: Never forget or minimize YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Pope Francis heads to Armenia's genocide memorial for a prayer service, fresh from his ad-libbed declaration that the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians a century ago was a planned "genocide." Francis is due to lay a floral wreath at the memorial Saturday and greet descendants of the Armenian orphans who were taken in by Pope Pius XI in the 1920s and housed at his summer residence south of Rome. Francis drew a standing ovation upon his arrival Friday in Armenia when he denounced what he called the ideologically twisted, planned "genocide" of Armenians starting in 1915. His prepared speech had avoided using the politically-charged term, which Turkey rejects.
Crews rescue the stranded in West Virginia flooding; 23 dead CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - All Karol Dunford has left is a dirty nightgown, caked in mud from the floodwaters that ravaged her West Virginia town and killed at least 23. She lost the trailer where she lived for 30 years. She lost her wheelchair, her medicine and her best friend, a little Chihuahua named Frankie. As the deluge swamped southeast West Virginia on Thursday evening, Dunford, 71, sat immobile in her wheelchair in her living room as the pitch-black floodwater rose past her ankles, to her knees, up to the armrests. She talked to her daughter, Randee Suzer, on the phone.
Kanye West unveils "Famous" video of him, celebrities LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kanye West has unveiled a video on a subject he knows something about: fame. The video for a single titled "Famous" - unveiled Friday night at a promotional event in the Los Angeles Forum - features what appears to be a naked West with images of 11 other famous people, some of whom he has had good and bad relationships with, Vanity Fair magazine reported (http://bit.ly/28VOm64 .) The celebrities, who appear to be naked in a huge bed with West, are his wife, Kim Kardashian West; former President George W. Bush; presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump; Vogue editor Anna Wintour; singers Rihanna, Chris Brown and Taylor Swift; producer Ray J.; former girlfriend Amber Rose; transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner; and comedian Bill Cosby.